CapitolBeatOK is a non-partisan news service based at the Oklahoma state Capitol, providing regular coverage of the Legislature, executive branch, agencies and the judiciary. CapitolBeatOK supports the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011, CapitolBeatOK became a project of the Frankin Center for Government & Public Integrity.
The editor of CapitolBeatOK and Oklahoma bureau chief for the Watchdog.org news organization is Patrick B. McGuigan, an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience in news reporting, policy analysis and commentary. McGuigan is also associate publisher at The City Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, and capitol editor for Tulsa Today, an online news service. He contributes regularly to Perspective, the monthly publication of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt research organization. Previously, he was managing editor of The City Sentinel. McGuigan has executive branch experience from his work at the Oklahoma Department of Labor, 2003-07, including as Deputy Commissioner of Labor, 2005-07. He guided the editorial page at The Oklahoman, the state's largest newspaper, from 1990-2002. McGuigan is also a certified teacher, and worked for two years as curriculum director at Justice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy, a public charter alternative school in Oklahoma City. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Club, Tulsa Press Club, and Oklahoma City Gridiron Club. While in Washington, D.C., McGuigan served as chairman of the Library and Archives Committee at the National Press Club. He is the editor of seven books on legal policy and the author of two books, including The Politics of Direct Democracy: Case Studies in Popular Decision Making.